Engineer guilty of trying to strip historical shipwreck

2015-05-11 15:25

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Elizabeth - A chemical engineer has pleaded guilty to trying to salvage a historical shipwreck off the Nelson Mandela Bay coastline for scrap.

Cornelius Uys, 51, entered a plea bargain in court on Monday, wherein he confessed to trying to salvage scrap metal off the SS Queenmoor in March last year.  

The SS Queenmoor, wrecked just west of Cape Recife in Algoa Bay on September 7 1934, and being over 60 years of age, is protected by the National Heritage Resources Act.

Uys and his son, Carl, were arrested by police while in the water at the wreck site.

They were charged with being in contravention of the National Heritage Resources Act and the Merchant Shipping Act.

The charges against his son were later dropped.

In his plea agreement Uys, a qualified chemical engineer, said he took his boat, the Capitau Rambo, out to the site on March 18 2014 with the intent of salvaging the wreckage of the SS Queensmoor for scrap metal.

He also confessed to taking equipment with him, including air hoses, a compressor, a lift bag, chains and other tools that would assist him with the proposed salvage. This equipment was in contravention of his existing operating licence for his boat.

Uys said he was aware that he was operating without any right or permit to salvage the wreck and that his actions were illegal and intentional.

His boat and equipment had been impounded pending the outcome of the case, and as such, due to a lack of income as a salvage diver, he and his son were forced to move to Kleinbrak near Mossel Bay to live in a holiday house he recently inherited from his father. He said he was largely dependent on his brother for financial support.

Uys was fined R4 000 and received a sentence of 18 months prison time, suspended for a period of five years, on condition that he is not found guilty of a similar offence.

Read more on:    port elizabeth  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.